GUWAHATI, Aug 5 - From the best of CTC to orthodox, second flush and speciality teas � you name it and you will soon find it under one roof. A one-of-its kind tea lounge in the State which will offer the best of teas and house a tea restaurant will come up at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) soon.
The plan to open the lounge at the GTAC was conceived about seven years back, but it could not make any headway. However, lately, the GTAC has put the proposal on the fast track.
Sources said that in a recent meeting, the GTAC governing body decided to form a special sub-committee to implement the project. The lounge will be called �Chai Bar�.
Work on the project is expected to start immediately and tenders will be called to put in place the necessary infrastructure. The lounge is expected to be opened during Durga Puja. The GTAC is likely to hire professionals to run the lounge and make it economically viable.
The Assam Government will support the project. There are also plans to tie up with the Tourism Department so that the lounge is publicised in materials published for tourists.
�A lot of tourists who come to Guwahati often look for the best of teas produced here. But they do not find it in the market. The lounge will be a one-stop destination where different varieties of tea will be available,� a source said.
Assam accounts for nearly 55 per cent of India�s total tea production and about 80 per cent of the country�s export.